Today, an apple a day may not necessarily keep the doctor away since there is much more to consider in pursuing good health. Tight deadlines, work pressures and the repercussions of the ongoing slowdown have forced the current workforce to lead an erratic lifestyle where health has become the last priority. Ask yourself is your job hazardous to your health?
Ten years ago, people took the stairs to their offices. Today, they prefer the elevator even if they work on the first floor. Earlier employees chose to get their lunches from home; today a rich power lunch is the latest fad. Seems like, the fate of today’s corporate professional reads like a health catastrophe waiting to happen where amidst a lot of responsibilities that employees shoulder, they hardly have the time for counting calories. In a recent survey conducted by Health On Foundation amongst corporate executives respondents say that while the recent slowdown in the economy and the resultant job and salary cuts have added to their anxiety levels, the increased pressure at the workplace has been manifesting itself in frequent illness and rise in stress levels. About 59 percent respondents say that they would rather quit if the current job continues to drain them out.
CEO, Ortho One who has dealt with repetitive stress injury related problems of employees of large companies for quite some time now says, quite understandably many working professionals come to us with all kinds of stress related aches, and pains and more so, during this recession phase. It is the lack of awareness on the part of employees and employer, both who do not seem to notice the symptoms of such stress that employees are currently experiencing. Sometimes some of them also get problems like carpel tunnel symptoms which end up in surgery. It is very important for employees to de-stress so that they can focus on work. I think it is the duty of the employers to apprise their employees on the benefits of basic health management techniques like stretching and exercising
With companies resorting to drastic measures like downsizing and restructuring the remaining employees are subject to an overwhelming number of adjustments in their job which could be in form of new job descriptions, increased work loads, identifying new markets,, etc. Excessive change from restructuring, at times does not work and it affects the productivity of the employees, thus leading to stress. In these tough times, employees are highly vulnerable to the highly misunderstood features of work life – change and often term it as stress. In this phase of recession, companies must adapt quickly to changing markets needs and the employees must be adaptable to the flux in the industry. If employees are either resistant to this change or get stressed, the organization will not remain competitive effective and cost efficient.
Though most working professionals try to cope up with the mounting pressure and rising stress levels there are some who give up. Experts suggest that it is extremely important for working individuals to deal with stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They have also suggested a lot of ways that can help people cope with stress and perform better at work. If there is a situation where one feels completely drained out, it is either due to an individual’s inability to cope with the competitive work environment or there could be a possibility of the organization straining the employee.
1) Prevent from getting too emotionally involved in certain situations.
2) Opt for training to help develop certain skills and boost your confidence
3) Adjust your reaction to situations that are uncontrollable
4) Learn to say ‘No’ when overwhelmed with far too many unnecessary responsibilities
5) Take a break, relax and rejuvenate
6) Eat healthy
7) Exercise and stretch as much as you can, especially while at work.
8) Suggest your HR department to have fitness trainer or yoga experts on board.